When in operation, Brenda Mines was greatly involved with the local community. Not only did it provide over 300 jobs, but it supported many community initiatives. For example, important financial contributions were made to help build the Peachland tennis courts as well as Turner Park.
A significant contribution was the Peachland Lake reservoir, which was transferred to the Peachland Irrigation District for $1 after the mine closed. Today, this reservoir forms an important part of Peachland’s water supply.
Over the past several years, the Brenda Mine has contributed financially to local initiatives by the Peachland Rotary Club (Heritage Park Pavilion and Centennial Clock), the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association (Macdonald Creek Bank Rehabilitation), the Peachland Historical Society (Peachland Museum), the 2009 Peachland Centennial Celebrations, the Rotary Club of Westbank (Children’s Water Park), the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Social Services (new website) and Habitat for Humanity (West Kelowna).
In support of the BC Environmental Stewardship Program, Brenda tries to schedule treated effluent discharge during the Kokanee Spawning run in Trepanier Creek from early September to mid-October. Additional flows in Trepanier Creek facilitate their annual journey up the stream, hence contributing to Okanagan wide efforts at re-establishing Kokanee populations.